Speakers (Kaitaia)

Girol-Karacaoglu-160pxDr Girol Karacaoglu
Dr Girol Karacaoglu is Chief Economist at the New Zealand Treasury, Wellington. He joined the Treasury on 1 March 2012. His role is to provide strategic leadership on broad economic policy issues, in particular fiscal and monetary policy settings, and New Zealand’s international linkages. The Chief Economist role is critical to championing and lifting the quality and capability of the Treasury’s economic advice. Girol came to the Treasury from The Co-operative Bank, where he was Chief Executive for nine years. His previous roles include General Manager at Westpac NZ, Chief Economist at the National Bank of NZ, and lecturer in economics at Victoria University of Wellington. He has a PhD in Economics and an MBA, and is fluent in French and Turkish.  He has three adult daughters and one son and enjoys reading, classical music, walking, dancing, movies, and family activities.

Blair Petersblair
Kiwi Advocacy Kaimahi for Te Rarawa and FNDC Youth Council



Ebba Raikes
FNDC Youth Council and registered nurseebba



Deidre Otene                                                deidre
Te Uri Mahoe, Kohatutaka
Ngapuhi, Te Rarawa
Born and Raised in Mangamuka, educated at Maungataniwha te Kohanga Reo, Mangamuka primary school, Okaihau College, Auckland Girls Grammar and a University of Auckland Vice Chancellor scholar, Ms Otene recently returned home with her two children Tegen Atarangi and Temana mai i nga Rangi.
Ms Otene is currently the General Manager of The MOKO Foundation and Fellow of the Vodafone Foundation. Ms Otene has a successful career history to date, leading health and social services in Queensland, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand.  She has experience in building community development models relevant to the communities and environments they serve, to overcome inequalities and achieve sustainable outcomes. Ms Otene began her career in the Youth Justice space, moving into health leadership and advocating for Tikanga and Kawa to be leading drivers in maintaining relevance and true direction. Her experience working within the adult justice system then directed her to focus on strength based initiatives that would create intergenerational change for future generations. Ms Otene is strongly focused on lifting leadership and governance across the region to achieve sustainable outcomes and believes that placing Children and Youth at the centre of decision making will create positive, sustainable intergenerational change. Ms Otene enjoys participating in sport and physical activity and has represented New Zealand and the region in codes including netball, boxing, basketball, volleyball, marathons and kabaddi.  However, she finds more joy in following her children around the field, court, bush and on the water nowadays. ‘Through innovation, our commitment to fact and reason and ultimately our faith in each other we can overcome any problem and provide sustainable positive outcomes’
“Whaia te Muka o te Harakeke
Ko mātou i mataau
E Taurahere ana, ki ngā mātua Tupuna”

2015 TacklingPovertyNZ workshop participants


Matthew Bastion, Lisa Jagoe, Alexander Jones, Apurva Kasture, Tara Officer and Brad Olsen